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Lung Cancer Center, Chicago

Lung cancer care, the CTCA way

Urgency

With lung cancer, waiting is not an option. That’s why we developed our Rapid Lung Nodule Diagnosis Program, with results in just a few days, not weeks. Appointments are available in as little as 24 hours, in person or by telehealth technology, and many lung cancer treatment plans begin within 48 hours of the first visit.

Expertise

Armed with AI-assisted technology, our multidisciplinary team of lung cancer experts collaborate on each patient’s care plan in real time, allowing them to communicate efficiently and adapt quickly to any evolving needs. Our expertise comes from treating lung cancer every day. Cancer isn’t just what we do; it’s all we do.

Convenience

All your appointments, from screening and diagnostic tests to treatments and side-effect management services, are all under one roof, so you don’t have to worry about the hassle of traveling from doctor to doctor. That means fewer trips to get the care you need, so you have more time to focus on healing.

Cancer won't wait

Lung cancer is the third-most common cancer in America and kills more Americans each year than the other three most common cancers—breast, prostate and colorectal—combined. But with screening, early detection and innovative treatment options, more lung cancer patients are living longer than ever before. At the Lung Cancer Center at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Chicago, our team of experts will work with you and your primary care physician to offer screening and diagnostic tests to determine whether you have lung cancer. If tests confirm a diagnosis, we’ll recommend a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan, in consultation with you and your home doctor, carefully transitioning you back to his or her care when your treatment is complete. At CTCA® Chicago, consultations and treatments are available in days, not weeks.

Lung cancer in Illinois

  • Lung cancer is the third-most common cancer in the state of Illinois.
  • More than 9,000 state residents are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.
  • Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Illinois, with more than 5,000 deaths per year.
  • Fewer than 6.3 percent of all eligible Illinois residents are screened for lung cancer each year.

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  • A team of cancer experts with more training and experience than any other provider Illinois
  • State-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools and technologies 
  • A personal patient concierge to gather your records, help schedule appointments and answer your questions, in real time
  • Integrative care to help manage side effects and maintain your quality of life
  • Low or no out-of-pocket transportation costs for patient and caregiver*
  • Complimentary or greatly reduced lodging rates*
*If you’re a beneficiary of a government health insurance program, such as Medicare, CTCA is not permitted to provide travel, lodging or transportation benefits.

Your treatment options

At the Lung Cancer Center at CTCA Chicago, our singular focus on lung cancer puts our oncologists, pulmonologists and other experts at the leading edge of new and emerging treatments, including:

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology that assists doctors in determining whether a lung nodule may be malignant and needs immediate attention. Early detection helps doctors develop treatment options that are better positioned to produce positive outcomes.

Advanced robotic surgery techniques that make it possible for your thoracic surgeon to perform less aggressive procedures, such as a segmentectomy, which removes less of the lung than a lobectomy. Your team may also include a reconstructive surgeon trained and experienced in repairing and reconstructing the chest wall and restoring physical function and appearance impacted by the cancer and/or surgery.

Precision medicine drugs, such as immunotherapy and targeted therapy, that give doctors an arsenal of treatment strategies that may offer better outcomes and lesser side effects than chemotherapy. Your team of lung cancer experts collaborate daily, all under one roof, conducting a clinical review of your cancer to quickly develop a detailed treatment plan designed specifically for you and your needs and diagnosis. Your care team at CTCA Chicago will also communicate and coordinate with your doctor back home, providing seamless care before, during and after your treatment.

Treatment options may include:

Lung cancer screening

About 8 million Americans are considered at high risk for lung cancer, according to the American Lung Association. At the Lung Cancer Center at CTCA Chicago, we offer lung cancer screening with low-dose CT scans for those at high risk, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Should your lung cancer screening detect any anomalies or suspicious spots, your team of doctors and clinicians will help you understand the results and discuss diagnostic and potential treatment options with you. Lung cancer survival outcomes improve dramatically with early detection. Our experts have the experience, training and technological tools to spot lung cancer early and, if necessary, get you started on a treatment plan in a matter of days.

Diagnosing lung cancer

A fast and accurate diagnosis is a critical step toward developing a personalized treatment plan for your diagnosis. At the Lung Cancer Center at CTCA Chicago, our experts are trained in a variety of tools and technologies to determine the type of lung cancer, its stage and whether it’s spread to other tissues or organs. Diagnostic tools include:

Imaging tests, such as X-rays, MRIs and PET/CT scans, that helps doctors look inside your lungs to determine the exact location and size of your tumor and whether it’s spread. These tools may also be used during treatment to determine whether the regimen working or after treatment to look for signs of recurrent cancer.

Lab and blood tests, such as biopsies, blood tests and advanced genomic testing, allow doctors to look for abnormal cells or specific markers or gene mutations to help determine what may be driving your cancer’s growth and, when possible, identify targeted treatment options.

Our Rapid Lung Nodule Diagnosis Program

We know the stress and uncertainty that comes with news that an X-ray or CT scan has revealed an abnormal spot on your lung—and why it’s critical to learn quickly if it’s cancerous or benign. Getting a fast, accurate diagnosis is essential to your peace of mind, no matter the result, and it’s key to developing a treatment plan if a diagnosis is confirmed. The Lung Cancer Center team of cancer experts at CTCA Chicago works quickly to provide a diagnosis and, if necessary, work with you on a treatment plan that meets your needs. Our model of care makes collaboration and communication more efficient, allowing us to condense a process that often takes weeks into just a few days. If you learn you have cancer, a medical oncologist, a thoracic surgeon and, possibly, a radiation oncologist will recommend a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific diagnosis and your individual needs.

Learn more about our four-day lung nodule diagnosis program.

Meet our Lung Cancer Center doctors

Our oncologists, surgeons, interventional pulmonologists and supportive care clinicians are committed to helping you understand the complexities of your disease and the array of treatment options available to you, so you can make informed decisions about your care. The experts at the CTCA Lung Cancer Center in Chicago have combined expertise in delivering standard-of-care and advanced techniques for treating lung cancer. The Lung Cancer Center is led by board-certified Medical Oncologists Jalal Baig, MD. Read more about Drs. Baig and each of the other Lung Cancer Center doctors, by exploring the links below.

Peter Baik

Thoracic Surgeon

Baig-Jalal

Jalal S. Baig

Medical Oncologist

Evan Pisick - Medical Oncologist

Evan Pisick

Genitourinary Medical Oncology Clinical Advisor, Chief of Medical Oncology, CTCA Chicago

Karen Smorowski - Radiation Oncologist

Karen Smorowski

Radiation Oncologist, CTCA Chicago

Karan Shah

Radiation Oncologist, CTCA Chicago

Yiping Fu - Interventional Pulmonologist

Yiping Fu

Interventional Pulmonologist, CTCA Chicago

Kumar-Gaurav-CHI

Kumar Gaurav

Interventional Pulmonologist & Critical Care Physician

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A comprehensive team approach

Each care team at the Lung Cancer Center at CTCA Chicago is led by a medical oncologist and may also include pathologists who are experienced and trained in standard-of-care and advanced tools to diagnose and stage the disease to better pinpoint the array of treatment options available to you.

Depending on your needs, your care team may also include a surgical and/or radiation oncologist, pulmonologist, oncology nurses and supportive care clinicians to help you manage related side effects. The entire team works together with a “whole-person” focus, which is at the heart of our Lung Cancer Center's dedication to comprehensive, personalized care.

As part of our integrative care model designed to help you stay strong during treatment, your care team may recommend a number of evidence-based supportive therapies, such as:

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Cecil L.

Lung Cancer

"Just walking into the center, I got such a positive first impression. I got a sense of hope as soon as I walked through the doors. I felt nervous excitement radiate through me. And later on, when I talked to other patients, they experienced the same feeling and sensation. Everybody's friendly, they greet you warmly, and you just feel secure. I felt like I was in the right place for me. I just had this feeling that good things were going to happen.
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Where we are located

CTCA Chicago

Lung Cancer Center
2520 Elisha Ave.
Zion, IL 60099

New patients: 888-552-6760
Existing patients: 847-510-CTCA

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